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Now former White House security adviser Michael Flynn has set a record for the shortest tenure in the position at 24 days. The average tenure for a national security adviser is around 2.6 years.
Officials say Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the Trump administration had been sworn in to office. The discussion allegedly signaled to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve to the sanctions that were being imposed to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Flynn originally denied that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambasador, but later said he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up. It was because of this controversy he was asked to resign from his post by the Trump administration.